Sarah at Confessions of a Fabric Addict has a program each year called Hands2Help where she enlists the help of quilters to make and donate quilts to various charities. It's a great program and lots of fun to participate - I think I've participated every year, and the program grows each year with many quilts going to deserving charities.
This year, I had lots of help, so have several quilts to send. I also got an A1 Elite Longarm last year, so have spent the past year learning and practicing. Some domestic machine skills transfer over pretty well, and others not so much! But it's been a lot of fun, and my donation quilt closet is overflowing.
I also had some help with fabric. My friend Donna at Brynwood Needleworks offered me a big bag of fabric from her friend Shelly. Of course, I couldn't say no to that. I added some of my fabrics to them, and Donna supplied the backings, so between the three of us, we have two quilts to donate.
There is still a huge amount of fabric left in that bag Shelly gave me, and I've already pieced two more tops from it, so there will be future donation quilts from the Shelly/Donna duo. Donna quilts and blogs, and also makes fabulous purses and wallets from cork fabric. Be sure to visit her Etsy shop here if you're in the market for a new purse!
My mom has been piecing up a storm, and now that I've got a longarm, I can finish them for her. She sent several tops which I finished, as well as a completed quilt.
So the final tally for H2H is seven this year! I'm hoping to have even more next year, now that I'm warmed up on the longarm. These quilts are all much prettier in person - the pictures never do them justice, and I'm more skilled at quilting than photography. 😉 All seven quilts are boxed up and will be sent to Little Lambs Foundation for Kids tomorrow. Thank you to the sponsors who donate such wonderful prizes for this program, and to Sarah for all her work in setting this up and running it. I'm going up to the sewing room now to get started on next year's quilts!